America Thrusts Wives and Moms Into Combat

America Thrusts Wives and Moms Into Combat

Lance Cpl. Clifton D. Sams

It’s official: Women are no longer ‘barred’ from the front lines.
From the April 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

On January 24, America’s military lifted its ban against women serving in combat. The move could open more than 230,000 jobs in front-line combat and elite commando units to women.

Thus, the feminist dream to see women wounded, tortured and killed alongside men advances.

Why? Are hoards of women soldiers demanding that combat positions be opened to them? No. For years, the military has expanded the number of positions labeled “non-combat” in order to open up more jobs to women. But the number of positions that were more obviously combat-related far exceeded the number of women applying for and accepting them. Women don’t want those jobs. And Army surveys show that 85 to 90 percent of enlisted women strongly oppose policies aimed at thrusting women into combat.

So who pushed for this? It was basically an aggressive minority of lobbyists and highly placed feminist civilian leaders, along with a few hard-core careerist military women. These politically correct ideologues are driven to prove that women can do anything men can do—no matter the costs to the military, to America’s security, or to the women themselves.

These costs are exceedingly well documented—and consistently ignored, shouted down or buried. The average woman is almost 5 inches shorter, with nearly 40 fewer pounds of muscle and 6 more pounds of fat, than the average man. She has less than half of his upper-body strength, 20 percent less aerobic capacity, and lighter, brittler bones. She cannot run or jump as far; last as long; grip as well; push, pull, lift or carry as much. The military has dealt with this by implementing separate conditioning standards for women, by lowering standards generally and eliminating some altogether.

Though civilian leaders love to speak of the “new warfare” being a tidy, push-button, technology-driven business, reality has never matched that fiction. War is brutal, physical, demanding and deadly. Politicians can easily overlook that fact in the midst of relative peace. They present their views as support for women, but how can their eagerness to plunge women into the nightmare of warfare be viewed as anything but disregard for women?

Some female soldiers recognize this—too late—and are not impressed. As one of them said, “Those feminists back home who say we have a right to fight are not out here sitting in the heat, carrying an m-16 and a gas mask, spending 16 hours on the road every day and sleeping in fear you’re gonna get gassed.”

Women face greater danger than men in most combat situations. Physical limitations make them likelier to be injured, captured or killed. This reality also endangers the men who are forced to fight alongside them. (Elaine Donnelly said bluntly, “No one’s injured son should have to die on the streets of a future Fallujah because the only soldier near enough to carry him to safety was a 5’2”, 110-pound woman.”) And when women are captured, experience has shown that they are treated far worse—unimaginably worse—than male prisoners of war. Though feminists lobby hard against rape generally, they “bravely” insist that, since women are duty-bound to serve as combat soldiers, rape in war cannot be stopped. Jessica Lynch, a poster child for women in combat, was allegedly beaten, raped and sodomized in captivity.

Shame on those decision-makers who would purposefully subject women to such abuse—only to serve their own twisted ideology!

Consider soberly: The military agency that trains pilots in survival, evasion, resistance and escape as prisoners of war actually includes a component to desensitize male soldiers to the screams of their women cohorts. Of course, these same men are then expected to treat women soldiers with utmost respect and dignity, in keeping with the sensitivity training that the military has forced on the modern warrior.

In the “brutish,” non-politically correct world of yesteryear, the strong were obligated to serve the weak. A traditional-thinking male seeks to protect a woman. An honorable man shields a female from danger and hurt. To the feminist, this attitude is contemptible. And within a gender-integrated theater of combat, it introduces a host of complications. A leader is expected to view that woman not as a woman, but simply as a soldier—a grunt whom he must be able to send into harm’s way. In the up-is-down moral climate of today’s military, his reluctance to pitch her into the lion’s den is chauvinistic and sexist!

America’s leaders are trying to convince us that we cannot win our wars without our wives and mothers on the front lines. They see that as a sign of the nation’s progressiveness.

When we see Islamic extremists sending women out to be suicide bombers, we see it as a sign of barbarity and moral and spiritual depravity. And rightly so.

The military is the most respected institution in America. It possesses some of the finest, most dedicated and self-sacrificing individuals the nation has produced. But woe be unto us if we fail to recognize how its effectiveness is being fatally undermined by a failure to beat back the virulent forces of feminization that enfeeble our modern society.

This is a terrible experiment. The Bible prophesies that it is going to fail cataclysmically. Leviticus 26:14-21 show that our nation will fall before its enemies. Not because we don’t have enough women on the front lines, but—in part—because we have any at all.

A Word About Love

A Word About Love

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The simplest, most practical definition of God’s way of life
From the April 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

If you could choose one word to describe love, what would it be? Ask your friends that question, and you’re liable to get a variety of answers. But in the Bible, we can easily pinpoint one word that is clearly synonymous with godly love.

You can find it in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Do you see it? It says God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son.

Because God loves, He gives.

That’s the Bible’s one-word definition of love: give. It’s outgoing concern for the good and welfare of others that results in unselfish giving!

God so loved that He gave. That simple, Bible-based definition of godly love, if understood and applied by mankind today, would solve the world’s problems. It would eliminate war, strife and division. It would save marriages and families. It would build righteous, God-fearing communities.

What a different world this would be if manso loved God that he gave himself in service to Him and in sacrifice for others!

The Bible says we can acquire this sacrificial love, but it must come from God—“because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:5). God gives His Holy Spirit to those who repent of sinful living, who are baptized into God’s true Church and who earnestly strive to obey God’s holy law (Acts 2:38; 5:32).

For thisis the love of God, John wrote, that we keep His commandments (1 John 5:3). Yes, the way of unselfish giving actually fulfills God’s law—which is itself a law of love (Romans 13:10).

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). God has proven His love for us already. And by giving His only begotten Son—the ultimate sacrifice—God has shown ushow to love.

So He says to you: Present your bodies a living sacrifice. In other words, God cannot purify our lives—He can’t give us His love—without our willing consent. We must presentour bodies as a living sacrifice.

You must make the decision,” Herbert W. Armstrong wrote in The Seven Laws of Success. “You must set this right goal. You must set your will. You must expend your full effort. You must work at overcoming, growing and developing spiritually, and sticking with it. Yet God supplies the all-important ingredient—His power, His love, His faith—His guidance—His life!”

God so loved mankind that He gave His only Son. Now He expects us to adopt that same way of give lifestyle. We don’t give because of anything we expect to get in return. We give because we love.

But this doesn’t mean unselfish giving comes without a return. Acts 20:35 says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Giving is actually much more fruitful and productive than getting or receiving. That’s because when we give, we contribute to the success and happiness of others. We help to upgrade their quality of life.

With the way of get, however, no one benefits but you—assuming selfish gain is somehow beneficial. This narrow-minded approach does not fulfill God’s law of love at all. It’s negative and selfish. It leads to misery and strife.

Jesus said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you” (Luke 6:38). Paul added that God will reward us for every good thing we do (Ephesians 6:8).

“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6). How reassuring! God says the harder we work to serve others and spread the way of give, the more we will grow—and the more we will receive in return!

Godly love is giving yourself as a living sacrifice for others. By this unselfish act, you not only fulfill God’s law, you set in motion a principle that results in fruitful abundance. Practicing the way of give in our lives today guarantees that we will receive a bountiful reward in this life—and the life to come! (John 10:10).

And what better example do we have of this living principle of give than the great Creator God? For God so loved the world—He yearned so much for man to be born into His own divine Family—that He gave His only begotten Son as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of mankind.

God was willing to give up everything so we can experience divine life in His Family. What a bountiful return there will be when the Kingdom of God is finally established on Earth!

This is why God absolutely loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). He loves it when people adopt His lifestyle because He knows that way of life will produce a bountiful harvest for everyone in the end. He knows because He lives it.

How wonderful and marvelous are the ways of God!

From now on, when you think of the word love, think about giving of yourself in service to God, His Family, your spouse, your children, your neighbors and your community. God’s love, after all, is living the way of unselfish, outflowing concern for the good and welfare of others. It’s simply the way of give.

Watch Algeria!

Watch Algeria!

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An important prophecy is about to be fulfilled.
From the April 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

Northern Africa is turning into a battleground with enormously important prophetic implications.

Terrorists seized a natural gas facility in Algeria on January 16. The next day, Algerian authorities stormed the facility, killing 29 terrorists. At least 38 foreign workers were also caught in the melee. Authorities captured three of the terrorists, and were able to gain a lot of information from them.

These terrorists are sponsored, for the most part, by Iran. Iran has designs on being the strongest power throughout the region, and is extending its reach throughout North Africa.

But Iran isn’t the only one interested in Africa. Germany is making strong inroads as well. Both of these powers are racing to get as much control of North Africa as they can. They will inevitably clash with each other.

The reason this is so significant is that these two powers are prophesied to clash in the end time. Daniel 11:40 speaks of a war between “the king of the south,” which we can prove to be Iran and radical Islam, and “the king of the north,” which we know to be Germany leading a group of nations. (Request our free booklets The King of the South and Germany and the Holy Roman Empire for the proof of the modern identities of these powers.)

A great prophecy of your Bible is about to be fulfilled! You need to watch what is happening in the Middle East and Africa!

Who Was Behind the Attack?

After the attack in Algeria, a senior Algerian official announced that several of the terrorists were Egyptian—and were the same people who participated in the terrorist attack on America’s consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans last September.

Adam Nossiter reported in the New York Times, “The Egyptians involved in both attacks were killed by Algerian forces during the four-day ordeal that ended in the deaths of at least 38 hostages and 29 kidnappers, [a senior Algerian] official said. But three of the militants were captured alive, and one of them described the Egyptians’ role in both assaults under interrogation by the Algerian security services, the official said” (January 22). I’m sure their interrogation was considerably stronger than waterboarding—what is called torture in some quarters of the U.S.

These are electrifying facts. Terrorists from Egypt were involved in the Benghazi attack. Based on biblical prophecy, I’ve been proclaiming for nearly 20 years that radical Islam was going to take over in Egypt. That is exactly what has happened. Egypt has been an ally of the U.S. for three decades. Then we shamefully pushed President Hosni Mubarak from power and set the stage for Islamic radicals to take over. Now the Muslim Brotherhood rules Egypt. After the Muslim Brotherhood gained power, I also proclaimed—again, based on the Bible—that Egypt would then work to overtake and conquer Libya—which it has just about done!

This Algerian official spoke out about the chaos spreading across the region that has left large areas of territory ungoverned, giving terrorists room to flourish. “This is the result of the Arab Spring,” he told the New York Times. “I hope the Americans are conscious of this.”

Are you conscious of this? Do you see the obvious connection between the Arab Spring and these terrorist attacks? This man would probably call it the “Arab Nightmare.” He said he hopes Americans see it because the U.S. so vigorously supported the Arab Spring; in fact, America, more than any other nation, caused the downfall of Egypt to radical Islam. More than any other nation, America caused the worsening of terrorism in Libya. Now the terrorists are emboldened to try to take over great chunks of Africa.

Spreading to Libya

Algerian leaders were strongly opposed to the Arab Spring. They were firmly opposed to the West stepping in to topple Muammar Qadhafi in Libya. They knew that Qadhafi was a dictator, but he wasn’t causing problems anywhere near as serious as the ones coming out of Libya now. They knew that getting rid of him would create more problems than it solved. Yet America went ahead and took him out. What is wrong with America’s foreign policy? Just about everything, it seems.

“Algerian officials say the militants who seized the gas field traveled through Niger and Libya, whose border is only some 30 miles from the plant at In Amenas,” the New York Times continued. “Mohamed-Lamine Bouchneb, the militant leading the attack at the site, had purchased arms for the assault in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, the senior official said.”

This is exactly what the Algerians feared would happen! Now, along with Egypt, you have another nation in the region that is sponsoring and exporting terror in the world—just as the Bible prophesied.

Are you willing to examine these prophecies of your Bible and put them to the test? Events are proving the Bible true right before our eyes.

Scripture shows that Iran is going to benefit most from this spread of extremism. It is doing all it can to encourage the radicalization of Egypt and its spread into Libya. Scripture tells us that soon, Ethiopia will also fall into that terrorist camp. Many of our readers have scoffed at that statement. But events in that country are already moving in that direction.

Dealing With Terrorists

The Egyptians who helped in that Benghazi attack were also part of attacking Algeria. But this time, they were all killed. Why? Because the Algerians know how to handle terrorists better than America does.

This Algerian official “defended the tough Algerian military assault during the standoff and dismissed criticism by foreign leaders that they were not informed of it in advance,” the New York Times wrote. I’m sure that American leaders were among those complaining about not being informed of this military assault in advance. But when terrorists are taking over, who is going to wait for America to solve a crisis like that?

The Algerians know that nothing was done in Benghazi—and still hasn’t been done! The way America “handles” such attacks only encourages more attacks! When are we going to wake up and see that? When you let radical Islamic terrorists kill an ambassador and other American personnel and do nothing about it, what do you expect?

Algeria is still an American ally, and here it is trying to educate us about what we are doing wrong.

The U.S. finally held some congressional hearings about the Benghazi attack, but very little came out about what really happened. The American people were told very little. To this day, those who were there on the ground have not been allowed to speak publicly about it. Yet four days after this attack in Algeria, those who were there spoke to the media. Why not the people from Benghazi? Does somebody have something to hide? America has made a lot of mistakes in foreign policy—both Democrats and Republicans—but somebody must be held accountable for these things. If they are not, America will continue to cause gigantic problems in the Middle East and Africa because of our wrong-headed foreign policy and our deplorable weakness.

It has been reported that the man who led that attack is boasting in Benghazi about what he did! Yet nobody can find him. Isn’t that amazing? We promised that the perpetrators would pay for this attack—yet months later, still nothing has been done.

What’s wrong with our foreign policy? Do we even have a foreign policy? It is a farce, and the Arabs know it. We tell our soldiers in Afghanistan to be nice to the Taliban terrorists. The terrorists there, and throughout the Middle East and northern Africa, know these are statements of weakness. They know that now is the time to take over in Africa and elsewhere.

The attacks in Algeria are a sign that radical Islam is doing everything it can to take over Africa. But it is going to run into one large obstacle very soon.

Germany’s Interest

Radicalism is spilling out from Egypt and spreading over northern Africa. These radicals are now trying to take over Algeria, but they are beginning to face some opposition from Germany and the European Union. Algeria has a strong supporter in Germany. That is going to make a big difference for these terrorist groups.

Why is Germany so interested in Algeria? A big part of the reason is oil.

“Algeria is one of the largest exporters of light, sweet crude oil in the world and a significant natural gas exporter to Europe,” reported Stratfor. “The United States is the largest consumer of Algerian crude oil, consuming about 30 percent of exports, or approximately 375,000 barrels per day” (January 17). Amazingly, it doesn’t seem to bother the U.S. that somebody might cut off that energy source.

“Europe consumes another 40 percent of Algerian exports, with Spain and Italy also relying heavily on Algeria (Europe’s second-largest supplier after Russia) for their natural gas needs,” the article continued. Do you think Germany will sit back and do nothing while terrorists take over Algeria? I think you’re going to find Algeria getting a lot of help from Europe, especially Germany. With all that fuel coming from Algeria, you know Europe and Germany must be very concerned.

Germany is the financial leader in Europe today. That gives it a lot of power in other areas as well. This is an astounding development, considering Germany’s condition at the end of World War ii! After it had repeatedly provoked the world into deadly wars, the Allies reduced it to rubble and pledged to never let it rise again.

Germany’s return to power is the fulfillment of another crucial biblical prophecy—and it is something everybody can see today. While that nation was lying in ashes after the Second World War, Herbert W. Armstrong prophesied that it would rise again, assume leadership over Europe—and again drag the nations into another world war! He continued to warn of that right up to his death in 1986. We have continued that warning ever since.

The Bible shows that another strongman is going to rise up and take control of Europe, just like Adolf Hitler did. We expect this to happen very soon. Right now, European leaders see the king of the south trying to dominate the fuel in the Middle East and Africa, and you can be sure they are going to react. That fuel is critical to those nations, so they will turn to that strongman for leadership. (Our free booklets Daniel Unsealed at Last and Germany and the Holy Roman Empire will explain that to you.) Europe will once again choose the path of war in order to secure its resources. That strongman is going to do a lot of damage in the world while seeking to secure Europe’s dominance.

Germany is already preparing for this confrontation. In recent years, its arms trade with Algeria has exploded. In 2010, Germany sold less than €20 million (us$27 million) in military equipment to Algeria. In 2011 and 2012, it sold €400 million worth ($537 million)—over 20 times as much! It also underwrote the sale of two warships worth €2.13 billion ($2.86 billion).

Germany’s Rheinmetall plans to build 1,200 Fuchs 2 armored personnel carriers in Algeria over the coming decade. Germany has authorized the delivery of 54 of these Fuchs vehicles, worth nearly €200 million, and nearly €300 million in sales of other armored vehicles. That is a huge number of vehicles. Rheinmetall manufactured just over 1,200 Fuchs 1 vehicles in total. Rheinmetall in Algeria plans to build the same amount of Fuchs 2s purely for the country’s own army’s use. It will own more of these vehicles than Germany does.

In the decade leading up to 2011, Algeria bought roughly just over $10 billion worth of arms. Over the next decade, it plans to buy that much from Germany alone. Germany is heavily investing in Algeria. It knows this nation’s strategic importance.

A Coming Clash

The orchestrator of the Algerian terrorist attack is from Mali. Terrorists from the Iranian camp of radical Islam have taken over two thirds of Mali. Now they are getting closer to some German strongholds in central Africa in the old Congo area and on the shores of eastern Africa.

Germany has great power in Africa—even military power—that few people are paying attention to. Germany is not about to give that power up, certainly not without a fight.

Why did France send 3,500 ground troops, fighter jets and armored vehicles into Mali in January and February to pound Islamist camps? The French just got out of the disastrous war in Libya helping America topple Qadhafi—surely they would have been hesitant to get involved in another conflict. But I imagine France—which is, after all, part of the European Union led by Germany—was strongly encouraged to go down there because the terrorists were getting closer to Germany’s strongholds.

Back in 2008, Germany’s president, Horst Köhler, and foreign minister visited Africa and pledged support to the continent. It highlighted Germany’s growing enthusiasm over Africa’s potential, and concern over its problems. After the trip, German Foreign Undersecretary Georg Boomgaarden told Deutsche Welle, “[I]n the future we’ll be increasingly connected to [nations in Africa] by the need for natural resources and other interests” (Feb. 17, 2008). He spoke about several initiatives Germany was taking to increase development and to open “more dialogue with Africa.”

Iran also wants “more dialogue with Africa”—only it’s looking for dialogue in a different way.

Who is ultimately behind all these terrorist attacks? The king of the south—Iran. But it is being opposed now by Germany on many fronts. You are going to see these two powers clash very soon—like a year or two or three. The Daniel 11:40 clash between the king of the south and the king of the north is about to be fulfilled! All of this violence in Africa is just a prelude to the fulfillment of this prophecy.

Monitor these events closely and see if what we’re telling you doesn’t come to pass. So many prophecies already have. Never in mankind’s history has so much prophecy been fulfilled so rapidly! Events are racing along. This is not the world you knew 10 or even five years ago. It’s very different.

The prophecies in Daniel were written for this end time (Daniel 12:9). Yet nobody even talks about them, let alone understands that book. The whole world is asleep to what is going on.

We are now in the times of the Gentiles. You are about to see these two Gentile powers clash and lead us into World War iii. That war is prophesied in detail—including all the horrors you can imagine from nuclear war! Jesus Christ said that if He didn’t intervene, no flesh would be saved alive! (Matthew 24:21-22).

We are living in that time Christ prophesied about. Thankfully, He will intervene and save us from ourselves! You can be absolutely sure that He’s about to return to this Earth and solve all of our terrifying problems. That is the most magnificent—and sure—prophecy of all: that this world will be ruled by the King of kings, who will establish peace on this Earth and in the universe forever.

Broken Will—Broken Soldiers

Broken Will—Broken Soldiers

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Why is morale in the U.S. military so low? Why are suicides among servicemen so high? The state of the armed forces is a telling measure of the state of the nation.
From the April 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

Good soldiers win wars. During World War ii, America’s soldiers proved themselves winners—the best in the world in skill, personal sacrifice and valor. Using sophisticated and superior weaponry, American soldiers played a large part in making the United States the world’s only superpower.

Considering the stunning victories of World War ii, it is embarrassing to recognize that America has not won a major conflict since 1945: Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan, Iraq. U.S. troops deployed to fight in foreign, inhospitable places and climates returned home not as victors, but depending on the conflict, as escapees from draws, failed nation builders, pistol-whipped policemen, flawed security forces, or beaten-down counterinsurgents.

Yet, we cannot lay the blame on our fighting men and women. In general, their mission was not defense. They were fighting to stop the spread of communism, to protect American economic and political interests. For example, most agree that Operation Desert Storm was less about freeing the people of Kuwait and more about keeping the Middle East oil supply out of Saddam Hussein’s hands.

Good soldiers win wars. Has this tragic history of entangling United States troops in no-win armed conflicts had a cumulative negative effect on our soldiers and our military morale?

The Suicide Surge

American soldiers, at home and abroad, are simultaneously fighting and losing a different kind of war. The battlefield is not in some far-off place, it is inside their heads. Almost daily, the enemy warring inside them is shouting, “Victory!”

In 2012, more soldiers died from suicide than in combat.

The number of suicides among the ranks of America’s finest has more than doubled since 9/11. According to unofficial Pentagon data from January, 349 soldiers took their own lives in 2012—nearly one every day. More than half of the suicides came in the Army—182 total. Forty-eight marines, 59 airman and 60 sailors also killed themselves. This number is 118 percent higher than the 160 suicides that occurred in 2001, making last year the Pentagon’s highest annual self-inflicted death toll ever. Only 310 soldiers died in combat in Afghanistan last year.

This is the third time in four years that the number of military suicides has surpassed the number of combat deaths.

Alarmingly, military suicide numbers are likely to go even higher in 2013. In September 2012, Dr. Susan Blumenthal reported that military experts say they do not fully understand “the reasons for the rising suicide rates.” Although suicide is a personal, complex issue with hidden facets, when suicide numbers spike in a common population of people, it should be much easier to locate the reasons for the suicides.

Using practical wisdom based on years of experience dealing with the problems of people from all occupations, educator Herbert W. Armstrong taught that there is a cause for every effect. Often people cannot find a cause for their problems, because they do not want to find the cause. There is a cause for so many military personnel destroying themselves. And there is a solution to stop this enemy ravaging our troops.

America’s Broken Will

In January 2007, America’s leadership announced a new strategy for Iraq. The White House initially called it “the New Way Forward.” It is better known as the “surge.” The announcement—full of promise—assured the American public that the new effort in Iraq would be different. The surge would succeed in securing Baghdad where previous operations did not. The success of the surge would depend on the army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, nicknamed the Rangers. The Rangers were optimistic, young (average age: 19), well-trained fighters. Their immediate commander was the proven, capable, sometimes controversial Lt. Col. Ralph Kauzlarich. The commander invited author David Finkel to chronicle the efforts of the 2-16 in Iraq. Finkel lived on the ground for eight months with the regiment in Iraq and wrote about what the 2-16 and he experienced in his book The Good Soldiers.

Just before deploying to Iraq, Kauzlarich told Finkel, “We are America. I mean, we have all of the resources. We have a very intelligent population. If we decide, just like we did in World War ii, if we all said, ‘This is our focus, this is our priority, and we’re going to win it, we’re going to do everything that we have to do to win it,’ then we’d win it. This nation can do anything that it wants to do. The question is, does America have the will?” (emphasis added).

How Kauzlarich and his crack troops were commanded to fight the war in Iraq answers the question. The strategy to secure Baghdad also gives us one very good insight as to why so many soldiers are committing suicide.

Just before the 2-16 deployed, the Army released FM 3-24—Counterinsurgency. The book provided an update to the 20-year-old guidelines for waging war according to the counterinsurgency (coin) doctrine first used in Vietnam. Its lead author was Lt. Gen. David Petraeus. This book was to be Kauzlarich’s field manual for conducting operations in Baghdad. It was also a perfect example of America’s broken will to win wars.

Kauzlarich’s assistant, Maj. Brent Cummings, told Finkel, “Remember, we are an infantry battalion. Our task and purpose is to close with and destroy the enemy. We are the only force designed for this. Armor stands off and they kill from a distance. Aviation kills from a distance. The infantry goes in and kills with his hands, if necessary.” FM 3-24 took a radically different approach.

Counterinsurgency Doctrine

“It was 282 pages of lessons, all urging soldiers to ‘focus on the population, its needs, and its security’ as the best way to defeat the enemy, rather than by killing their way to victory. Control the population, win the war. Win the people, win the war. To the soldiers of the 2-16, this was an interesting turn of events,” writes Finkel.

“The manual got even more interesting under the section called ‘Paradoxes of Counterinsurgency,’ which sounded suspiciously Zen-like. ‘Sometimes, the more force is used, the less effective it is.’ ‘Some of the best weapons for counterinsurgents do not shoot.’ ‘Sometimes, the more you protect your force, the less secure you may be.’” Major Cummings confided to Finkel that he doubted that Kauzlarich wanted to fight a war that way.

Cummings recognized that counterinsurgency is about being political, handshaking and drinking chai tea. “He’s a soldier. All he is is a soldier. He is an instrument of war, and he’s looking for that fight,” he said of Colonel Kauzlarich. He was frustrated by the counterinsurgency doctrine because he could not be the leader up front giving the order—Follow me, men!—because counterinsurgency didn’t work like that. In 19 years as an Army officer, Kauzlarich had not lost one soldier under his direct command. This was not to be the case in Baghdad. Yet, like a good soldier, Kauzlarich dedicated himself to follow General Petraeus’s coin principles. He morphed into a statesman/soldier.

Fighting EFPs

The 2-16 inhabited one of the most deplorable sections of Baghdad. The people lived in abject poverty. The sewer system didn’t function; raw sewage ran in the streets. Mounds of rotting garbage were everywhere. The air smelled bad and was full of dust and smoky pollution. Kauzlarich set his goal to fix it all.

However, one of the things that got in his way were hidden bombs—improvised explosive devices (ieds). The most lethal ied is the explosively formed penetrator (efp). This is a special, shaped charge designed to penetrate armor. It is made to deform a metal plate into a slug or rod shape and accelerate it toward a target. efps easily penetrate Army Humvees, severing limbs and taking lives. Death or injury by efp is horribly gruesome. Soldiers considered locating severed limbs the worst part of cleanup after an ied attack.

coin doctrine requires U.S. troops to take off their armor, get away from their vehicles, and “Walk. Stop by, don’t drive by. Patrol on foot whenever possible and engage the population.” This philosophy contributed to a dramatic increase in arm and leg amputations, genital injuries and the loss of multiple limbs from ied blasts.

Only eight weeks into the new strategy in Baghdad, Colonel Kauzlarich lost his first soldier to an ied attack. He would lose 13 more before his tour in Iraq was complete. The effect of the counterinsurgency operations in Iraq took its toll on soldier morale. As the surge continued, large numbers of soldiers went for private counseling with their chaplains. Thoughts of suicide began to affect several of the 2-16. Others obtained prescriptions for anti-depressants and sleeping pills from medics.

Colonel Kauzlarich and Major Cummings also experienced negative effects. “Sometimes Kauzlarich and Cummings would wonder what exactly the Iraqis hated about them,” wrote Finkel. “What were they doing, other than trying to secure some Iraqi neighborhoods? What made people want to kill them for handing out candy and soccer balls and delivering tankers of drinking water to them, and building a sewer system for them, and fixing their gas stations, and never being aggressive except for rounding up the killers among them?” Kauzlarich and Cummings lived with the reality that, even with all of their hard effort and the tragic loss of young soldiers, the “surge” was not winning the hearts of the Iraqis.

Afghanistan—Same Story

Counterinsurgency has not been effective in Afghanistan either. America’s strategy for counterinsurgency simply will not work. In fact, the nation’s enemies view its policy of counterinsurgency as the strategy of cowards and use it to take full military advantage against U.S. fighting troops.

The deaths and maiming of American soldiers make news headlines. Pleas are constantly made for help for disabled soldiers. Yet what is being done to help the soldiers on the verge of committing suicide? We need deep thinking and analysis to understand the effect our poor military operations have on our troops and to solve the growing problem of military suicide.

“I know this place is not only getting to me, I can see it in other people also. Guys that were funny and goofy when we first got here are different now; some are barely talking, and others are just constantly negative about everything,” soldier and author Bryan Wood wrote in his journal on March 17, 2003, while serving in Kabul. “Guys that were friends now seem to hate each other. We all do our jobs every day, and we do them better than could ever be asked of anyone, but it is taking its toll on everyone.”

He published his compelling, often heart-rending journal in his book, Unspoken Abandonment. He describes in graphic detail not only what happened to him as a soldier, but also what life was like for the Afghan people. The hardest thing for him was to return home and rebuild a civilian life. He had great difficulty putting his experiences in Afghanistan behind him.

Good soldiers win wars. “My life in Afghanistan can be summed up in one word: ‘misery,’” Wood wrote on March 27, 2003. “My job here is to sit in a tiny wooden box, hoping that I don’t get shot or blown up. Then I go out on patrol in the city and hope I don’t get shot or blown up. Then I go out on missions to the middle of nowhere, hoping I don’t get shot or blown up.

“It is starting to become like second nature, when a car slows down or stops near me on the street or under my OP [observation post] at night, I take a breath and pray it does not explode,” Wood wrote. The thought of having his arms and legs scattered in the streets of Baghdad struck terror in him. Observing how young children were treated made him emotionally and physically sick. On the same day, he also wrote, “We are strictly forbidden from interfering in ‘legal matters’ in Afghanistan, and I am supposed to just pretend I do not see what is happening. Some child, practically still a baby, is being driven off to be raped by a pedophile, and I just have to say, ‘Hey look, it is almost time for breakfast.’”

Wood became so disgusted with his tour of duty, he stopped writing his journal on April 12, 2003. Just prior, he wrote, “I just honestly feel as though the only certainty in Afghanistan is that tomorrow has nothing good to offer. It gets so depressing when you realize you have nothing good to look forward to. The only thing I have to look forward to is finishing this deployment and going home, but that is months and months away.” This entry is a good description of what counterinsurgency does to our soldiers.

Learning the Lesson of History

coin doctrine approaches war from an ivory tower, a place where such theories thrive untested and without hurting anyone,” wrote syndicated columnist Diana West. “On the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, however, the results have been catastrophic. Tens of thousands of young Americans answered their country’s call and were told to accept more ‘risk’ and less ‘protection.’ Many lost lives, limbs and pieces of their brains as a result of serving under a military command structure and government in thrall to a leftist ideology that argues, in defiance of human history, that cultures, beliefs and peoples are all the same, or want to be” (Nov. 15, 2012). Many of our young soldiers have returned home knowing that coin doesn’t work. Isn’t it time that America’s military and political leaders face the facts? The history is there for all to study.

The war in Afghanistan began in October 2001 with the launching of Operation Enduring Freedom. While it made good headway at first, Taliban resistance rose sharply in 2006. The war continues today, with nato forces battling terrorists on a number of fronts across Afghanistan. It is the United States’ second-longest war. As of February 20 this year, there have been 3,257 coalition deaths during Enduring Freedom.

President George Bush announced the war on Iraq in March 2003, less than a year and a half after the start of operations in Afghanistan. The “new strategy” for Iraq commenced in February 2007. A surge of 30,000 U.S. soldiers hit the ground in an attempt to counter the rise in insurgent activity. The wars ran concurrently until Dec. 18, 2011, when the last soldier left Iraq and crossed the border into Kuwait. Four thousand, four hundred and eighty-seven service members died in the war, and more than 30,000 suffered debilitating injuries.

There are currently 102,000 nato troops still in Afghanistan, 68,000 of whom are U.S. troops. The majority of the international forces are scheduled to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The exact date and number of troops has not been determined.

“[O]ur troops will continue coming home at a steady pace as Afghan security forces move into the lead,” President Obama assured the nation in June 2011. “Our mission will change from combat to support. By 2014, this process of transition will be complete, and the Afghan people will be responsible for their own security.” This implies that there will still be U.S. forces in Afghanistan after the 2014 deadline. Both political parties in Congress gave President Obama a standing ovation when he reiterated this deadline in his State of the Union address in February.

Broken Soldiers

It was not until 2006 that military suicides began rising. They then soared to a record 310 in 2009. Although the suicide rate leveled off for two years, it is now soaring again. Could it be that the stepped-up counterinsurgency military operations are a contributing factor to military suicide? We should not close our eyes to a clear correlation of facts.

Veterans are committing suicide at the alarming rate of one every 65 minutes. David Rudd, a military suicide researcher, says that Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans suffering from depression, post-traumatic stress or substance abuse are killing themselves at an accelerating rate.

The history of war shows that fighting battles takes a heavy toll on all soldiers. Most soldiers return from war with mental and emotional scars that require a period of healing. The trench warfare of World War i was horrible. Storming the beaches of France at the end of World War ii was so bloody, sea waves turned red. The majority of soldiers that experienced these traumas returned home, let the scars heal, and lived productive lives. Why are so many soldiers having such difficulty now?

The self-destructive tragedy we see happening in our military is a fulfillment of a major end-time prophecy. Looking into our time, observing by vision the state of our national political leadership, our military leaders and our soldiers, the Prophet Isaiah wrote, “For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water, the mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient, The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator. And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them” (Isaiah 3:1-4).

America and Britain are the modern descendants of the ancient Israelites. God is directly intervening in American affairs and removing our strong leaders and our strong military—right before our eyes. Why? Because Americans are a rebellious and hypocritical nation. The further we get from God, the less power we have.

The sins that plague our nations also affect our fighting forces. As the 2-16 encountered more violent resistance, the strict discipline required of soldiers fell apart. “Rumors of rule-breaking were on the increase, too, and so a ‘health and welfare’ inspection was held that turned up all kinds of things that good soldiers weren’t allowed to have: packages of steroids manufactured in Iran … a ‘Vibrating Showgirl Slut’ inflatable sex doll, and a boxful of hardcore porn …” (Finkel, op. cit.). Good soldiers who win wars don’t succumb to trashy, immoral temptation (2 Timothy 2:3-4; article, page 6). It is well known that there are groups of soldiers who embrace Wicca as their religion. Embracing witchcraft is the ultimate rejection of God.

God warned our ancestors to be a fully obedient nation. If they rebelled and lived a life of sin, God said clearly that He would “break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass” (Leviticus 26:19). As a nation, we sin with impunity. We speak loftily about God, but ignore His glorious laws—the Ten Commandments. Therefore, God has broken our will to fight the enemies that eagerly desire to harm us. As a nation, we no longer have pride in our military power, and our soldiers are suffering.

Since God has broken our national will, only God can heal it. He plans to do just that! However, the excruciating lesson that widespread national rebellion brings severe punishment must be learned first.

Bible prophecy shows that as God weakens our nation, He is strengthening Assyria, or modern Germany, to rise up and wage war against us (Isaiah 10:5-6). For a short time, America, Britain and Judah (Israel) will experience God’s wrath at the hands of modern Germany, as no people before us.

Then, immediately after that, God promises, “I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and make them rejoice from their sorrow” (Jeremiah 31:13). God, the mightiest warrior of the entire universe, will deliver us from those He made stronger than us (verse 11).

Even though there is some very bad news just over the horizon, our future is very bright. Although we are destined to suffer national destruction, America and Britain will be restored to a national greatness never before experienced in our history. God speed that day.

Why Does Germany Want Its Gold Back?

From the April 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

On January 16, Germany’s central bank made a startling announcement. It asked America and France to return its gold. Seven hundred and forty-three gleaming tons will be relocated to vaults in Frankfurt.

The statement by the second-biggest gold holder in the world sent a shudder through global markets. Newspapers went into speculation overdrive. Why is Germany asking for its gold back now?

It is big news, but few know what it really means. And you need to know because this announcement will eventually affect you.

Why Store Gold Elsewhere?

But first, why is Germany’s gold held in New York, London and Paris anyway? Why doesn’t it hold its own gold? According to the Bundesbank, the reason is twofold.

First, storing gold in America makes it easier to sell, or pledge, in case of an economic emergency. It is easier to trade to others who can then quickly take ownership.

The second reason is that it was deemed safer to spread Germany’s gold out during the Cold War to protect it from the Soviets. According to the Bundesbank, that is no longer a concern. That Germany feels safe enough to bring it home speaks volumes about Germany’s changing relationship with Russia.

But there is a third, unmentioned—and far more important—reason Germany doesn’t keep its gold at home.

It goes back to World War ii. When the Allies finally stopped the German death machine in 1945—for the second time in 27 years, they purposed to ensure that Germany could never again destroy world peace. Forcing Germany to store its gold overseas was the primary financial mechanism preventing Germany from ever starting another war. As analyst Byron King notes, “One way for the U.S., Britain and France to keep a leash on Germany was to keep ‘German’ gold under control outside of that country’s borders” (Daily Resource Hunter, January 22).

As long as the Allies controlled Germany’s gold, the Allies had a conqueror’s insurance policy that ensured Berlin would not again disturb the peace. Without its gold, Germany’s currency, and thus its economy, could be destroyed virtually overnight.

But now America, Britain and France appear to think that they no longer need that insurance policy.

That is a tragic mistake.

Bringing the Gold Home

Germany’s Bundesbank noted that it has already repatriated most of its gold from London. Frankfurt has retaken possession of 937 out of 1,433 tons stored across the Channel. Now it is repatriating 330 tons of gold from America, which equates to about 20 percent of its holdings in the U.S.

Interestingly, the German central bank says it will take seven years to get its gold from America. Is America still hesitating at relinquishing control over Germany?

The most important part of Germany’s announcement, though, may be that it is taking full custody of all of its gold held in Paris. All 412 tons will be transferred home—and you can be sure it won’t take seven years. It took less than three years for Germany to remove more than twice that much from Britain.

This is a sign that Germany is about to stop playing Mr. Nice Guy with France.

A big battle is raging over control of Europe’s economic destiny. Northern Europe, led by Germany, is fighting for control of the European Central Bank against a group of mostly southern nations, led by France. The outcome will impact euro exchange rates, debt markets, employment, social stability—and ultimately, which countries will even remain part of the eurozone.

“The Germans kind of feel like they’ve been overrun in this decision-making process,” says Michael C. Burda, an economist at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Bringing the gold home, he said, “is just a signal that Germany is not going to take this much longer.”

Germany is getting ready to deal emphatically, and once and for all, with France. France is about to find out who the true financial power of Europe is. And Germany is signaling to the world that the days of its apologizing for its World War ii past are over. No longer will it weakly submit to Paris’s demands.

But after Berlin silences Paris, what will its next move be?

Germany’s Next Move

Here is what Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote after Russia invaded Georgia in 2008: “I believe it is very likely Germany and Russia have already cut a deal. … The presence of a deal between these two nations is not a sign of peace. Like the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, and so many others before it, it is a sign of exactly the opposite. Both of these nations are looking to secure their shared border—so they can pursue their imperialistic aims elsewhere! It is a precursor to war! That is the way they operate! And the U.S. has no clue.”

Germany has largely secured its border with Russia. Its willingness to store its gold in Frankfurt again is evidence it no longer fears Moscow like it did in the Soviet Union days. With its eastern flank now fairly secure, Germany is going after Paris for unchallenged control of Europe.

Then, once it is done subduing its only major counterweight in Europe, it will turn on America and Britain.

Germany’s old World War ii foes will soon regret turning Germany loose. The world is about to see a much stronger Bundesbank—and consequently, a more aggressive German nation. German confidence and power grows with the clink of each brick it adds to its towering stack of gold.

‘We Don’t Have a Spending Problem’

‘We Don’t Have a Spending Problem’

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How can President Obama make such a statement when America is going into debt more than a trillion dollars a year? The government’s economic policies are guaranteeing the collapse of the dollar!
From the April 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

Do you know what the single greatest threat to America is? During the American presidential election campaign, President Obama said it was international terrorism. Republican candidate Mitt Romney warned it was a nuclear Iran. Other experts scream that it’s global warming. Border patrol agents say it’s Mexican drug cartels. Perhaps it’s a North Korean nuclear attack, Russia’s military resurgence, or a Chinese cyberattack.

Those threats are real. But there is a danger far greater than all of the above combined.

Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, believes he sees the threat. The biggest danger to America today, he says, is our debt. “From a national security perspective, it is the brutal combination of the passage of time and no solution in sight that so intensifies the crisis and the threat” (emphasis mine throughout).

Mullen says that, eventually, our debt will leave us defenseless.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble told his parliament in January that America’s debt situation is nearing a crisis. “Britain has a higher state debt than the eurozone average, and I don’t even want to mention the United States of America,” he said. Earlier, he told the Bundestag that U.S. debts were a drag on the global economy, and he questioned America’s political will to deal with it.

America’s enemies can see its glaring weakness. “How long can a government with a $16 trillion foreign debt remain a world power?” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked in October.

Can anyone disagree? How America handles its debt problem may be the defining issue of the next four years.

The One Thing Washington Can Agree On

According to the U.S. Commerce Department, the economy shrank during the last quarter of 2012. It was the first contraction in gross domestic product since the official end of the recession in 2009. The news came as a shock. America was supposedly on the path to recovery.

What caused the economy to shrink? Analysts blamed a $40 billion cut to federal spending.

If a $40 billion cut to Washington’s massive spending pushes the economy into recession, there is no way lawmakers will stomach $1 trillion in cuts, which is what the country needs in order to balance the budget. They can’t agree on what to cut, and they don’t have the stomach to simultaneously raise taxes and risk an even worse contraction.

A few days after the gdp report, as if on cue, President Obama urged Congress to delay automatic spending cuts to domestic programs that were scheduled to take effect in March. Republicans signaled they would be willing, if the president postponed cuts to the military. It seems that the one thing Washington more or less agrees on is spending massive amounts of money.

America’s leaders don’t have the will to balance the budget.

America owes a record $16.7 trillion. By 2014, the debt is projected to be well above $17 trillion—and that doesn’t include tens of trillions in Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security benefits that politicians have promised voters. Including all liabilities, America’s debt is over $100 trillion.

No nation in history has ever had such a gargantuan debt, let alone paid it.

What Happened to Mr. Obama?

Barack Obama used to speak out against this financial menace. In 2006, Senator Obama lambasted Republicans for raising the debt ceiling by $3.5 trillion over five years. “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure,” he said. “It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies.”

America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership,” he said. “Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

Senator Obama was absolutely right! America’s spending is out of control!

But what happened to President Obama? Since getting elected, he has had a complete mind change!

Back in 2006, he said, “If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we would see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies.”

Today, however, debt and deficits no longer matter to the White House. In four years, the president spent $6 trillion this country doesn’t have. He hasn’t passed a budget in almost four years. He recently lambasted Congress for not raising the debt ceiling even faster. And he has stated on national television that his 2006 comments about the danger of the debt were a mistake!

In January, President Obama made an incredible, unbelievable, almost unconscionable statement during the debt ceiling negotiations to Republican House Leader John Boehner: “We don’t have a spending problem.”

We don’t have a spending problem? At the federal level, we are borrowing more than one out of every three dollars we spend—and we don’t have a spending problem? We have promised future retirees around $100 trillion in benefits—money we don’t have—and we don’t have a spending problem? We have the biggest debt in world history—and we don’t have a spending problem?

A Supernova—and Future Black Hole

Pimco’s Bill Gross recently compared America’s debt-addicted economy to a brilliantly burning supernova. America’s debt, including personal, corporate and government debt, now stands at an astronomical $56 trillion, he says. “[I]t is a monster that requires perpetually increasing amounts of fuel, a supernova star that expands and expands, yet, in the process begins to consume itself. Each additional dollar of credit seems to create less and less heat.”

In the 1980s, it took $4 of new debt to generate $1 of real economic growth. Over the last decade, it increased to $10. Today it takes $20 to produce the same result.

“In effect, the initial magic of credit creation turns … destructive and begins to consume credit markets … as well as portions of the real economy it has created,” says Gross. The system is “running out of energy and time.”

We keep going further and further into debt, but are getting less and less bang for our buck. Eventually the whole system is going to turn into a gigantic black hole.

That’s the opinion of Gross, the manager of the largest bond investment firm in the world, with over $1 trillion in assets.

The only question, he says, is how much time we have left.

Time may be shorter than many think. In December, the Federal Reserve announced another emergency program to stimulate the economy. The Fed will create $45 billion per month to buy U.S. treasury bonds. This is in addition to the $40 billion per month it was already creating out of thin air to buy mortgages and artificially prop up the housing market. The latest money-printing measure is dubbed QE4, which follows three other emergency money-printing measures and one “Operation Twist.”

This new announcement means the Federal Reserve plans to create over $1 trillion this year. That’s enough to cover the entire borrowing needs of the U.S. government for the whole year! And the Fed said it will do it again next year. And the year after that, until there is a recovery or to infinity, whichever comes first!

Foreigners Getting Nervous

The Fed says it is printing the money to stimulate the economy, but that is only part of the reason. The primary reason it is printing money is to finance America’s debts.Because foreign nations are refusing to lend money to America!

China is America’s most important foreign lender, but during 2012, for the first time in more than a decade, it became a net seller of American debt. But it is actually worse than that. Not only did China refuse to lend America more money, it has rolled over its existing long-term loans into short-term ones. This is a huge sign that China is losing confidence in America—and in the value of the dollar.

Beijing thinks we have a spending problem.

And China isn’t the only country worried about uncontrolled American spending and how it could pull the whole world into a black hole of debt.

Germany Takes Action

On January 16, the German Bundesbank shocked the financial world by demanding that America return a large portion of German gold reserves held in America (sidebar, page 2).

The Bundesbank’s announcement came just three months after the Federal Reserve refused to conduct an audit on Germany’s gold stored in America. German leaders had to fight to even be allowed to see a portion of the gold that was said to belong to their country.

Why is Germany even storing gold overseas? The answer to that question has deeply troubling ramifications.

Bundesbank executive board member Carl-Ludwig Thiele said it was because of the historical importance of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

“Gold stored in your home safe is not immediately available as collateral in case you need foreign currency,” Thiele said. “Take, for instance, the key role that the U.S. dollar plays as a reserve currency in the global financial system. The gold held with the New York Fed can, in a crisis, be pledged with the Federal Reserve Bank as collateral [for dollars].”

Now that Berlin has begun bringing its gold home, does that mean Germany no longer sees the need for having access to extra U.S. dollars?

Or does it signal something worse?

Astounding Breakdown in Trust

According to the Bundesbank, the Federal Reserve will begin returning 330 tons of Germany’s gold—but it will take seven years! That is an incredibly long time to return what is essentially just a bunch of bricks that don’t even belong to you in the first place. Why the delay? Does America actually still have the gold it says it does? Surely Germany must be getting suspicious that it does not.

Veteran gold trader Jim Sinclair said the Bundesbank’s announcement was a warning that investors should take physical delivery of their gold—that in an atmosphere of skyrocketing debt and slowing economies, counterparty risk was growing: “This sends a message about storing gold near you and taking delivery no matter who is holding it.”

According to Sinclair, the announcement signaled an astounding breakdown in trust between Germany and America. “When France did this years ago it sent panic amongst the U.S. financial leadership,” he said.

Sinclair is referring to the notorious failure of the Bretton Woods currency system in 1971. By order of President Nixon, America defaulted on its gold obligations. From then on, America used only paper currency to pay its debts. Foreign nations, led by France, balked, but they lost the battle. America went off the gold standard and onto today’s fiat, floating currency system.

Has America finally printed one too many dollars out of thin air? Has Germany finally had enough of America’s monetary shenanigans?

Think about this statement from Sinclair: “History will look back on this salvo as being the beginning of the end of the U.S. dollar as the reserve currency of choice.”

The end of that status for the dollar will be a deathblow to the American economy.

A Modern-Day Gold Rush

According to Phoenix Capital Research, Germany has just fired a major warning shot at the Federal Reserve. The reason Germany has gone from just wanting to audit its gold reserves to actually removing them from the Fed’s care and reversing a policy in place for over 30 years is that it has decided it no longer trusts the Fed.

“Germany is now openly telling the Fed that it is done playing around. This will have severe consequences in the financial system” (Phoenix Capital Research, January 16).

Now factions in the Netherlands, Austria and Azerbaijan are pushing their governments to take their gold back too.

It’s beginning to look like a modern-day central bank gold rush.

For the first time in many years, central banks became net buyers of gold in 2010. Since then, bank gold-buying has accelerated. This year, central banks will purchase an estimated 550 tons of gold—up from 85 tons in 2010. In 2012, Ecuador asked its banks to repatriate one third of its gold stored overseas. Forbes reported that China imported 76 tons through its new gold center in Hong Kong—up 22 percent from a year earlier. In November, the Bank of Korea announced it had increased its gold supply by 20 percent. In November, it was reported that Brazil’s central bank had purchased 19 tons.

The last time China reported its gold holdings in 2009, they showed an increase of 500 tons to 1,161 tons. Some analysts believe China’s gold holdings have probably doubled or tripled since then—perhaps even surpassing Germany’s stash.

Why the rush out of the dollar and into gold? Do you think it has anything to do with someone’s spending problem?

While average Americans might still think U.S. government debt and, by implication, the dollar are still solid investments, Germany’s and China’s strong moves show that foreign governments are no longer buying the propaganda. Instead, they are buying gold.

They’re buying gold because they don’t trust America. America’s spending problem is destroying the dollar and destroying the credibility of its central bank.

As President Ahmadinejad summarizes: “The Americans have injected their paper wealth into the world economy, and today the aftermaths and negative effects of their pseudo-wealth have plagued them.”

The Biggest Threat to America

Ahmadinejad’s opinion is strangely in line with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. During the 2012 Democratic National Convention he said America could no longer put the debt issue off. “We have to deal with it, or it will deal with us.”

But America is not dealing with its spending problems—because as President Obama articulated in 2006—we lack the will and character to do so. We refuse to change. Instead, America is trying to cheat its way out of its deficit-spending addiction by printing money and hoping it will all work out.

It won’t.

What is the single greatest threat to America? Ourselves! Our debt is billowing. Our economy is shrinking. The dollar is in jeopardy of massive devaluation. The world sees it and is openly preparing for the end of the dollar as the reserve currency. Trust in America is at an all-time low. Our central bank’s credibility is being destroyed. America’s way of life is on the line.

And all of this is because, to put it lightly, we do have a spending problem.