Axis of Idiots

| March 23, 2023

I was asked to do an interview about Marines in Beirut recently for a new documentary.   Questions kept coming up about who was to blame for the events of October 23, 1983.  They seemed taken aback by me not blaming the Reagan Administration.  It’s not like they were faultless, but why didn’t I feel any animus toward Reagan?  I think it has something to do with the difference between how Carter and Reagan treated the military.  It struck me that I had read an email years ago from one of our regular contributors that was apropos.  I finally found it.

Jimmy Carter, you’re the father of the Islamic Nazi movement. You threw the Shah under the bus, welcomed the Ayatollah home and then lacked the spine to confront the terrorists when they took our embassy and our people hostage. You’re the runner-in-chief.

Bill Clinton, you played ring around the Lewinsky while the terrorists were at war with us. You got us into a fight with them in Somalia, and then you ran from it. Your weak-willed responses emboldened the killers. Each time you failed to respond adequately they grew bolder, until 9/11.

John Kerry, dishonesty is your most prominent attribute. You lied about American Soldiers in Vietnam. Your military service, like your life, is more fiction than fact. You’ve accused our Soldiers of terrorizing women and children in Iraq. You called Iraq the wrong war, wrong place, wrong time, the same words you used to describe Vietnam. You’re a fake. You want to run from Iraq and abandon the Iraqis to murderers just as you did the Vietnamese. Iraq, like Vietnam is another war that you were for, before you were against it.

John Murtha, you said our military was broken. You said we can’t win militarily in Iraq. You accused United States Marines of cold-blooded murder without proof. And said we should redeploy to Okinawa. Okinawa John? And the Democrats call you their military expert. Are you sure you didn’t suffer a traumatic brain injury while you were off building your war hero resume? You’re a sad, pitiable, corrupt and washed up politician. You’re not a Marine sir. You wouldn’t amount to a pimple on a real Marines butt. You’re a phony and a disgrace. Run away John.

Dick Durbin, you accused our Soldiers at Guantanimo of being Nazis, tenders of Soviet style gulags and as bad as the regime of Pol Pot who murdered two million of his own people after your party abandoned South East Asia to the Communists. Now you want to abandon the Iraqis to the same fate. History was not a good teacher for you, was it? See Dick run.

Ted Kennedy, for days on end you held poster sized pictures from Abu Grhaib in front of any available television camera. Al Jazeera quoted you saying that Iraq’s torture chambers were open under new management. Did you see the news this week Teddy? The Islamic Nazis demonstrated real torture for you again. If you truly supported our troops, you’d show the world poster-sized pictures of that atrocity and demand the annihilation of the perpetrators of it. Your legislation stripping support from the South Vietnamese led to a communist victory there. You’re a bloated fool bent on repeating the same historical blunder that turned freedom-seeking people over to homicidal, genocidal maniacs. To paraphrase John Murtha, all while sitting on your wide, gin-soaked rear-end in Washington.

Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Carl Levine, Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein, Russ Feingold, Hillary Clinton, Pat Leahy, Chuck Schumer et al ad nauseam. Every time you stand in front of television cameras and broadcast to the Islamic Nazis that we went to war because our President lied. That the war is wrong and our Soldiers are torturers. That we should leave Iraq, you give the Islamic butchers – the same ones that tortured and mutilated American Soldiers – cause to think that we’ll run away again and all they have to do is hang on a little longer.

American news media, the New York Times particularly. Each time you publish stories about national defense secrets and our intelligence gathering methods, you become one with the sub-human pieces of camel dung that torture and mutilate the bodies of American Soldiers. You can’t strike up the courage to publish cartoons, but you can help Al Qaeda destroy my country. Actually, you are more dangerous to us than Al Qaeda is. Think about that each time you face Mecca to admire your Pulitzer.

You are America’s axis of idiots. Your Collective Stupidity will destroy us. Self-serving politics and terrorist abetting news scoops are more important to you than our national security or the lives of innocent civilians and Soldiers. It bothers you that defending ourselves gets in the way of your elitist sport of politics and your ignorant editorializing. There is as much blood on your hands as is on the hands of murdering terrorists. Don’t ever doubt that. Your frolics will only serve to extend this war as they extended Vietnam. If you want our Soldiers home, as you claim, knock off the crap and try supporting your country ahead of supporting your silly political aims and aiding our enemies. Yes, I’m questioning your patriotism. Your loyalty ends with self. I’m also questioning why you’re stealing air that decent Americans could be breathing. You don’t deserve the protection of our men and women in uniform. You need to run away from this war – this country. Leave the war to the people who have the will to see it through and the country to people who are willing to defend it.

No Commander in Chief, you don’t get off the hook either. Our country has two enemies. Those who want to destroy us from the outside and those who attempt it from within. Your Soldiers are dealing with the outside force. It’s your obligation to support them by confronting the axis of idiots. America must hear it from you that these people are harming our country, abetting the enemy and endangering our safety. Well up a little anger please, and channel it toward the appropriate target. You must prosecute those who leak national security secrets to the media. You must prosecute those in the media who knowingly publish those secrets. Our Soldiers need you to confront the enemy that they cannot.

They need you to do it now.

Copyright © J.D. Pendry 2006

Although SgtMaj Pendry passed away in 2020 he and many others still live on through this site.  He wrote that article back in the days of Old War Dogs, BlackFive and countless other great MilBlogs that have ceased to exist.  Some of you remember those days and history does seem to repeat itself.

I am tempted to republish that letter since it contains so many familiar names and how easily it could be updated by simply substituting a few new names.  JD Pendry titled his article “On Your Hands” but it took on a life of its own as “Axis of Idiots”.  His call to action was pointed at a President whom he supported but was not faultless.

It very well may be due to my own bias, but coming up with who belongs in the Axis of Idiots from the contrast between Carter/Reagan  Clinton/Bush  Obama/Trump and Biden/…  seems obvious to me.

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Bush didn’t lie, he was even technically correct. I just don’t think it was worth all that. We crushed Iraq militarily but yet another case of Dems hopelessly bungling the diplomatic front. Not that Bush didn’t fuq up a few things too but in 2009-11 everything was whisper quiet and we had ample opportunity to end things on a good note, and instead they mucked it all up.


The absolutely most important phase of the “punitive raid” is departure.

If you stick around, that is “conquest”, and it requires very, very different rechniques and objectives. The absence of those converts the operation into




USMC Steve

Actually, it kinda was. While we were over in the middle east, the muzzie suicide terrorist soldiers of Allah flocked over there and got wasted over there, making all the mess over there. We didn’t have to ferret them out over here, or try to fight them over here.


I used to think the same thing. It may have helped a little, but certainly didn’t stop Islamic Terror attacks from occurring, Obama’s proclamations not withstanding. They just reclassified them to work place violence or whatever. This is by no means a complete list:

San Bernardino attack
Naval Air Station Pensacola shooting
2009 Fort Hood shooting
2015 Chattanooga Military shootings
2005 Los Angeles bomb plot (Failed)
Seattle Jewish Federation shooting
Bronx Terrorism Plot (Sting Operation)
2011 Manhattan Terrorism Plot (Failed)
Orlando nightclub shooting
Ohio restaurant machete attack

Last edited 10 months ago by 5JC

Until the powers that be continue to experience all gain and no pain our current diplomacy will continue.

Forest Bondurant

Col Timothy Geraughty (USMC, Ret) wrote a book “Peacekeepers at War”, and explains the challenges met by the 24th MEU that led up to the bombing.


’24th MAU’ vs. ’24th MEU’ at that time although they changed it from MAU to MEU a few years later.


I remember that article from when it was written. Great then and better now. Thanks for sharing it once again.

USMC Steve

Dave, were you in Lebanon when that was going on?


This still rings as true as the time it was written. Note how many of the players are still there, still doing their thing to destroy this republic.


Damn shame that the biggest threat to our Republic is the suit wearing domestic enemies. It should be obvious to anyone with more than 2 brains cells that no one is coming to save us. And these self serving politicians will not realize what they have done until just before the executioner’s bullet crashing thru their head.

Great post, Dave. This should be plastered on the front page of every newspaper and news feed Nationwide. Sadly, too late to wake up the sheep. The good news is that the other lions are getting ready.


I stilk think Reagan was the greatest president of my lifetime. He did show us what a mistake it is to stick our nose into situations we dont understand, ie, Beirut. Unfortunately, we forgot the lesson. It cost us in blood in Afghanistan and more blood in Iraq. Its going to cost us in blood with China. We keep thinking that other powers will act a certain way, because it is how we would act. Thats just not how the world works.


Reagan had his hand in too many pots. His primary focus was on the Star Wars program.

Honor and Courage

I was always under the impression that we had give Sadam Hussein the chemical, biological and dirty bomb resources they used on the Iranians and the Kurds. Some where in the Iraqi desert is a stock pile of really bad stuff. We have a very deep history of arming some strange folks that turn on us sooner or later.