This is something you won’t see covered in the mainstream news media anytime soon: A severely wounded soldier wants more than anything to see Donald Trump win the November election and would love to be his military adviser. He wants to see the waterboarding ban lifted and says: “Trump is aggressive and that is good. – Jim Kouri, editor.
Badly injured Iraqi war hero Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline, who suffered devastating burns and nearly lost his life while on a mission north of Baghdad in 2007, shocked GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign this week when he not only endorsed the front-runner but also offered to be a foreign policy adviser to him.
“I would definitely advise Mr Trump,” said the veteran, who after the attack in 2007 left the military to attempt a career in stand-up comedy.
“A good leader doesn’t have to know everything,” he told reporters including one from Conservative Base. “Nobody knows everything. That’s why you surround yourself with people who are experts in different areas. That’s what makes a good leader. Someone who can motivate the people like that.”
He added, “Trump is aggressive and that is good.” He also expressed support for Trump’s stance on waterboarding, saying, “In war, you have to do things you wouldn’t normally do in life.”
And this guy would know, given all that he has endured. Nine years ago, he made it barely out alive when a roadside bomb exploded under his HumVee, killing his four comrades and leaving 38 percent of his body covered in gruesome burns. The devastating attack also immobilized his hand so badly that he later opted to have it removed.
Yet he now tours the country performing stand-up comedy routines to raise money for veterans in need and increase awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder. Talk about a majestic comeback.
But what he wants now is to see a strong-minded leader retake the White House and send the Islamic State group militants in the Middle East scurrying away in defeat.
“We definitely need boots on the ground,” he remarked. “I know they say we kicked out Saddam Hussein then lost control of the country and that’s how ISIS was able to get in. But you’ve got to keep fighting. It takes time to win the hearts and minds.”
Unlike President Barack Obama, this war hero understands the nature of war — and not surprisingly, he just endorsed Donald J. Trump to be our next commander in chief.
Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show..
He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.