Shakespeare wrote the St. Crispin’s Day speech in the play Henry V, scene three: “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me, Shall be my brother.” In yet another epic fail for the U.S. military and veterans, it appears this administration has not read these powerful words—or grasped their meaning. It’s about uniting as one for a common cause.
What Did They Do Now?
What does any citizen do after finding trouble in a foreign land? They call their embassy for sanctuary and assistance. If one happens to be a U.S. veteran in Pakistan, however, then all bets are off, and God speed in getting anyone even to answer the phone. A former staff sergeant who goes by the call sign “Legend” was repeatedly hung up on and turned away from entering the building to explain his situation with a federal official.
“They hung up the phone. I called again and again, the same thing. I couldn’t believe it. I was in, in shock. I gave up; I gave up. They kept hanging up. No matter what I say, they kept hanging up.”
Legend, a U.S. citizen and Afghan native, traveled to Pakistan to help his family escape the Taliban. He was also advocating for asylum for others – green card holders and Afghans with special visas for immigration. After being turned away in person at the gate, Legend left, humiliated and near tears.
Fox News did its due diligence and followed Legend’s account and discovered that, yes, the U.S. Embassy ignored the desperate pleas of a man who committed his life to a country that appears to have left too many souls behind.
Still, President Joe Biden claims he cares about the military and retired American soldiers. Some might dispute that assertion. On Veterans Day, during a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, the president claimed: “Our veterans represent the best of America. You are the very spine of America, not just the backbone. You’re the spine of this country.” Also, in the same speech, he said “Negro” a time or two too many, so there’s that. But every one of those scripted words falls short to the vast majority of combat vets.
We Are Blood. We Are Brothers.
At the combat veteran-owned and operated pub in Williamsport, IN, the Foxhole, veterans and current servicemen and women gather for a whiskey or the latest seasonal beer on tap. Owner Zach Pitts, a former Army sergeant who was in ordinance explosive division, recognizes every military member with a firm handshake, a “thank you for your service,” and for first-timers, a free drink. His best friend, Tim Hill, is an Army staff sergeant who spent 18-months in Khost Province, Afghanistan, and acts as operations manager. Both served multiple tours and fly their colors at the pub. The news of the U.S. Embassy turning away a veteran multiple times struck a nerve. A current National Guardsman, who needs to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, asked: “Does any of this with this president surprise anyone?”
Hill went a bit further in sharing his ongoing disappointment with Mr. Biden:
“What it all boils down to is this: someone who fought for this country, risking life and limb and the safety of his own family, has been turned away when he needed help. It’s unforgivable. Did they profile the guy cause of skin color or what he was wearing? You see, it doesn’t matter if you were born American. You served as a citizen, and no matter color or accent or Hell – whatever you wear – we are all brothers in blood for country.”
Hill went further: “This soldier earned the respect of their country but not this president. No one in combat would consider him anything but a brother.”
What Will He Do Next?
Joe Biden’s job approval numbers are in the toilet, and half of America thinks his brain is on the fritz. Now the one group of people who have earned the respect of Americans and allies worldwide are treated as an afterthought? A thinking person might surmise that the free world’s so-called leader would put a bit more substance beyond the scripted words he so ineloquently recites. Instead, for all of the seemingly empty promises regarding veterans, the self-proclaimed Uniter-in-Chief continues on his path to divide in any way he sees fit.
Are there Cliff notes to St. Crispin’s Day the president could possibly use?
~ Read more from Sarah Cowgill.