Edmonds Military Wire: When America wins Benghazi — ‘Jarhead 3: The Siege’

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JARHEAD-3-600This movie couldn’t have come at a better time. With the recent attack in Orlando, America is reeling from getting kicked in the head one more time by cowards who prey on unassuming civilians. America needs a win and there is no question that our troops can and do win when leadership is strong – as “Jarhead 3: The Siege” shows.

Charlie Weber, Scott Adkins and Dennis Haysbert star in “Jarhead 3: The Siege,” the action-packed, pulse-pounding thriller about members of a military unit who, after becoming outnumbered, are forced to muster up the courage to protect their U.S. Embassy.

Without revealing all the details of the movie, let me just share that the movie highlights the “apathy and assumptions” that many in the political and civilian world share about radical Muslims. The movie is NOT at all about U.S. aggression or hatred toward this religion – as a matter of fact, there is a strong message of collaboration – but it does show the bias and reveals how winning the hearts and minds is often built on a house of cards…for a number of reasons.

“Jarhead 3: The Siege” is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

For my readers, I’ll be selecting two recipients who will receive a free copy of the movie based on their email submission that shares what you are doing to impact military and veteran families in your community. You’ll not only receive a copy of the movie but I’ll also highlight your organization’s efforts through Veteran News Now and The Military Wire. Email your entry to mschindler@opmilfam.com.

Bottom line: “Jarhead 3: The Siege” deals with a number of nuances and issues – and regardless of the issues, it shows what happens when a team works together to overcome difficult odds.

– By Michael Schindler

Michael Schindler

Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.” He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Regarding the sentiment in the first paragraph of your article, “America needs a win and there is no question that our troops can and do win when leadership is strong,” your rhetoric suggests that an endless cycle of “war” is the answer to domestic terrorism. In the case of Orlando, the “cowards who prey on unassuming civilians” was one American citizen who harbored extremist ideology and hatred toward the LGBT community. In addition to those who harbor hate and extremist ideologies (Orlando shooter, Oklahoma City bombers, etc…), the remainder of the tragic mass shootings in this country are perpetrated by those who are mentally ill and have unfettered access to assault weapons. Violence begetting violence is not a new concept, in fact it’s so “old” and routine in the human experience that Jesus advised Peter to put his sword down saying that those who draw the sword will die by the sword. So rather than rattling the sabre and stoking the flames of hatred, we would be better served as a nation by living the values embodied in democracy of pluralism, diversity, civility, respect for the law and our fellow citizens. There are extremists of all persuasions who threaten us, and they certainly aren’t limited to one religion or ethnic group. It’s time to stop the hate and the violence.




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  2. I agree that it is time to stop the hate and violence. However, you are mistaken in suggesting that my rhetoric suggests “that an endless cycle to war is the answer to domestic terrorism.” I do not advocate for endless war – or for war period. I believe that war is a last resort – In my experience, there are few who have ever taken the oath who are “excited” about war. However, when called to stand up, we will and I do advocate for a swift and extreme counter to a wicked act. Unfortunately, this will not be the last act of violence performed by extremists. They will target soft targets – and they will ensure that it has maximum impact.

    And your “facts” are a bit misguided – the remainder of the tragic shootings are not perpetrated by those who are mentally ill. Some – yes. But recent events are part of a larger and unspoken plan to bring war to American soil – in a way that we are not used to experiencing.

    If your suggestion is that I just sit idle waiting for the terrorist to come and have his or her way with me and my family, I respectfully decline. Terrorists do not abide by our laws. And know that I will gladly defend you, your family and mine – and it won’t be with a billy stick.




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  3. The article is tone deaf in the extreme. “Our laws” we’re not being “abided” by the folks who were at Stonewall, and to see what happened in Orlando evoked as this article does is highly offensive to me. The “soft targets” are folks who have been victimized by many groups ( including most religions) for as long as I have been on the planet. I don’t want you to defend me or mine with your guns. The earlier poster said it well.




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  4. Let’s stay on point folks. Don’t make this what it isn’t. I am not advocating war, nor am I advocating hate, nor am I advocating anything against those in the LGBT community.

    I am advocating that we, as Americans, be vigilant, that we take precautions. I am also sharing what I find to be a decent movie that brings attention to those on the front lines who rise above some overwhelming odds to protect an ambassador.

    And unfortunately, offending someone today seems rather easy to do. Good thing I have thick skin.




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  5. Mike, I am an Air Force veteran who served during the first Gulf War (Desert Storm) and who comes from a family of proud veterans- my grandfather served during World War II and my father is a Vietnam veteran. For this reason I have always read your articles and applauded your local efforts in fighting for veteran’s rights. But come on- “America needs a win and there is no question that our troops can and do win when leadership is strong”? That sounds like something a certain reality-star-turned-politician would tweet. Not to mention, while war is, unfortunately, a necessary thing sometimes, there’s not a lot of “winning” when it does happen. Soldiers come back either dead, wounded or struggle with PTSD the rest of their lives. It doesn’t follow a Hollywood script where the “good guys” shoot all the “bad guys” and then high five each other. You should know this more than anyone! I’ll continue to support your noble fight for veteran’s rights but I really find this article to be pretty misguided.




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  6. Brad, thank you for your service and to your family for their long heritage of service. You and I share similarities there. I also thank you for your readership.

    This statement was not intended to push any agenda or to promote any one politician. It stemmed from the work I’ve been doing the past several years with returning veterans and their frustration with seeing areas once secured fall back in the hands of insurgents – and to watch leadership delay in response.

    Yes, while there are always after-effects of war, there is a growing frustration among many of those who I’ve worked with who feel that their sacrifice and the loss of their fellow brothers was for not.

    As you know, leadership determines direction – and that direction has been clouded. From my viewpoint, what I find to be misguided is the leadership in DC when it comes to veterans issues or concerns.

    But hey, I’ll get off my high horse here and just remind everyone that this is really just a movie review that shows casualties on all sides and the quick thinking of those who are required to step up and work together in order to achieve mission success. Nothing more.




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  7. How soon people forget. We are one country instead of two because of a war. We speak English instead German or Japanese because of another war. If Isis thought that it was stronger then us they would be over here beheading our population after first raping our woman and children. Yes war is the last resort but when it becomes necessary we better be ready.




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