Obama threatened to veto 2013 Defense Auth Act over Purple Heart to soldier killed in jihad attack

via What our sons can teach America – USATODAY.com.

By Melvin Bledsoe, and Daris Long

This spring, the Obama administration threatened to veto the 2013 Defense Authorization Act. Of all the reasons given for the threat, the objection to granting the Purple Heart to Pvt. Andy Long stands out as strange. That is, unless you know the story.

On June 1, 2009, Pvt. Long was killed outside an Army recruiting office in Little Rock by Carlos Bledsoe, who had become Abdul Hakim Mohammed after converting to Islam. Since then, we, the fathers of Carlos and Andy, have been trying to tell our story so that other parents do not experience our tragedy.

Carlos grew up in a loving, church-going family. There’s a picture of Carlos at his high school graduation with a huge smile on his face, ready to go off to Tennessee State University for college. He looked forward to becoming a businessman and joining the family owned tour company in Memphis.

But he did not get the education everyone expected. Instead, he became interested in Islamic extremism. At TSU, preachers from a radical Nashville mosque led courses in Islam. Eventually, Carlos began frequenting this mosque, converted, and took the name of the mosque’s imam. This imam taught worshipers that America “is the worst country on earth,” that the Christian faith is “the greatest lie ever told,” that this worldly life “is trash,” and that Muslims must seek death and the afterlife.

Carlos began to change his behavior: He abandoned his dog in the woods because he was told Muslims shouldn’t have dogs. He took Martin Luther King‘s picture off his bedroom wall. He was sent by another Nashville imam to a school in Yemen, which turned out to be an al-Qaeda front. Carlos then returned to America and planned his own jihad.

Andy grew up in a military family and decided to follow in his parents’ footsteps. He found out he was good at it; he enjoyed it. Before being deployed to South Korea, he volunteered to work as a recruiter in Little Rock near our home. His mother, Janet, went to visit him there on June 1, 2009.

That was the day Carlos decided to kill a soldier. He had already firebombed a rabbi’s house in Nashville and shot up another rabbi’s house in Little Rock. That morning, he fired three bullets at Andy. Quinton Ezeagwula, another soldier, was also shot but survived. Carlos eventually pleaded guilty to killing Andy, and was sentenced to life in prison without chance for parole.

Since that tragic day, we have been speaking out about the dangers of homegrown terrorists. We testified to Congress, with mixed results. Some congressmen dismissed us for not being experts. Nevertheless, following our testimony, Congress passed a provision, as part of the defense bill, to give the Purple Heart to Andy and the victims of a similar 2009 attack at Fort Hood, Texas. Now the administration is threatening to deny it.

The president, we believe, doesn’t want to admit the first successful al-Qaeda murder on U.S. soil since 9/11 happened on his watch or to acknowledge the problem of homegrown Islamic radicalization. This indirectly provides cover to extremists at the expense of moderate Muslims. To withhold the Purple Heart from U.S. soldiers for political reasons is to dishonor those who risk everything to protect us all.

We have pledged to our families and to ourselves that we will not be silent until America knows what happened to our sons. On June 1, 2009, it happened to Andy and Carlos. Tomorrow, it could be your children.

Melvin Bledsoe is the father of Carlos, who fatally shot Pvt. Andy Long, son of Daris Long. They have cooperated in producing a documentary that can be viewed at losingoursons.com.

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16 Responses

  1. Out of curiosity, and respect for objectivity and accuracy in reporting, it would be appreciated if you could cite the Obama admin’s opposition to the Purple Heart nomination as the reason for threatening t oveto the Def. Auth. Act.

    Nothing here indicates that to be true

    • Shut up Rebecca you little tard, it was fine to make up stuff and lie about Bush with no proof for 8 years but now we have to prove everything 100% under King Obama.

  2. The Imam’s who preach sedition and murder should be arrested and tried as accomplices to the murders. Why have they been given a pass? Can you imagine being a white, non-Muslim, preaching to your flock to go out and kill those who do not believe in your doctrine! How long would you last until the FBI kicked in your door and arrested you for terrorism?

    Under this Black Administration, Muslims get a pass. Under this Black Administration, the New Black Panther Party leadership can call for Blacks to murder “crackers,” issue Dead or Alive posters, and place their military combatants at our poling stations to intimidate voters, without fear of being arrested and charged with serious crimes. Why is this happening? Why are the Leftist News people not outraged by the criminal actions of the Imams, New Black Panthers, and this Administration? Could it be that the Federal Government wants Jihad in America to facilitate more power over the people? Is that why the Obama administration allows known Muslim terrorist to infiltrate into the United States from Mexico? Who is the real enemy?

    • The real enemy–there are several, as you know. The entire obama administration is the enemy; the main stream media is the enemy; ALL muslims are the enemy; (since there’s no such thing as a moderate muslim) and all leftist, muslim appeasing Americans who are letting all this happen are the enemy.

  3. THE PARENTS OF THESE 2 BECAME EXPERTS………WHEN THEIR SON WAS DESTROYED….CONGRESS HAS NO EXPERTS EXCEPT IN THIEVERY

  4. Obama does not want offend the muslims he aready has “IMPORTED” in here and the muslim brotherhood coming to visit in SEPTEMBER!!! ASS HOLE! Wonder if Obama is inviting the muslim brotherhood of Egypt over for a little “BACKDOOR” fun???Hope they STICK IT TO HIM GOOD!!

  5. Another piece of evidence that this POS in the WH is a muzzie butt-kisser and a traitor to the office he has sworn to uphold! “Disgust” doesn’t even approach the loathing I feel those this sub-human defiling the People’s House!! If I thought that anything he did he did so with true moral conviction (misguided or not), I’d bite my tongue;
    but I’m firmly convinced that EVERYTHING he does he does out of political calculation and,insofar as muzzies go, a sense of true blood-brotherhood – no matter how dispicable that muzturd bastard brother might actually be…

  6. “This indirectly provides cover to extremists at the expense of moderate Muslims.”

    A moderate muslim is by definition an apostate — there is only islam,and the vilest creatures on earth — whose unbelief in alla is worse than murder

  7. This is exactly what the obozo admin wants. He and his minions trash talk and go after currently serving military and us Vets for being Patriots wanting to protect America and they placed islam over all citizens of the United States. The muzzie in OUR White House needs to go now as well as every single one of his minions.

  8. [...] Obama threatened to veto 2013 Defense Auth Act over Purple Heart to soldier killed in jihad attack [...]

  9. [...] But soldiers attacked and murdered by an Islamic jihadi on a U.S. military base is not combat and does not warrant a Purple Heart. And here. [...]

  10. [...] But soldiers attacked and murdered by an Islamic jihadi on a U.S. military base is not combat and does not warrant a Purple Heart. And here. [...]

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