Dana Rohrabacher: Front-Line Terrorist Fighter?

[Moxley Confidential] Plus, more legal shenanigans in the Jim Toledano extortion case

Dana Rohrabacher: Front-Line Terrorist Fighter?
Luke McGarry

It has again become apparent that Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher's loose, tequila-oozing grip on reality does not include a sincere appreciation of U.S. military bravery against terrorists, so it's necessary to remind him of what front-line courage looks like:

• During a six-hour period at the Battle of Ganjgal in 2009, outnumbered Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer ignored rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and intense machine-gun fire from enemy combatants hiding in higher ground to make five trips into an ambush site with hopes of rescuing trapped corpsmen or retrieving their corpses.

• Though seriously wounded and surrounded in 2005, Navy Seal Michael Murphy lead a four-man team against a Taliban force 10 times larger, and to find a place in the rough terrain where he could call for helicopter assistance, he exposed himself to enemy fire so he could successfully transmit a radio signal—selfless courage that cost him his life.

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• Despite dozens of 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens remained at his Libyan post when more than 125 Islamic militants yelling, "Allahu Akbar!" stormed the diplomatic compound; spent hours firing rockets, grenades and bullets; and murdered the respected foreign-service officer and three staffers.

Sadly, Rohrabacher recently decided to cheapen those undeniable heroics. In a Jan. 29 Dallas Morning News article featuring Republican Congressman Steve Stockman, our Costa Mesa Republican, known even on the GOP rubber-chicken circuit as one of this country's least productive politicians, added to his stockpile of obnoxious, head-scratching quotes. This time, he tried to put himself on par with the likes of Meyer, Murphy and Stevens.

"We were on the front lines of the war against radical Islamic terrorism and the front lines of what's really important," Rohrabacher asserted about himself and Stockman to the Texas newspaper.

Front lines?

No, these politicians didn't parachute into a combat zone in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen or anywhere else. There was no reason to wear protective gear. They didn't hunt down a single terrorist. Nobody shot at them or hurled a grenade in their direction.

Instead, Rohrabacher's claimed risky business consisted of a series of pampered experiences befitting a man who ran for Congress on a term-limits platform and this year is seeking to extend his stay to 28 years. In mid-January, he flew for free in an upgraded seat on a commercially comfortable flight to Cairo with Stockman and Anaheim Democrat Loretta Sanchez, slept in luxury accommodations, enjoyed fine meals and told anyone who would listen that he was leading the tiny U.S. delegation.

The gravest danger the notoriously disheveled congressman faced? The threat of an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction.

To meet Egyptian government officials, Rohrabacher put on a red, white, blue and gray outfit and—without a scintilla of worry—walked gingerly into one of that nation's most secure and elegant buildings. Photos taken at the event show him slouching in an ornate chair. His red power tie dangles from his neck, then takes a steep roller-coaster climb up and over his belly. Beneath an ever-expanding double chin, there's his trademark goofy smile foreshadowing a post-trip press release announcing his imagined importance in world affairs.

Like his buddy, actor Steven Seagal, the congressman sees himself as a fearless warrior in life-or-death scenarios involving heavily armed, relentless aggressors with evil agendas. That persona might be understandable for a Hollywood action star that sells cartoonish fantasy for a living. However, such fake bravado is grotesque for a 66-year-old career politician who chickened out of Vietnam War military duty when he was eligible for combat.

Nowadays at flag-waving GOP and Tea Party events, Rohrabacher is known to strum a guitar, howl off-key sub-Hallmark lyrics about valor and assure crowds he's "a patriot." He once tried to convince me he'd "bled for this country" while on vacation in Afghanistan when he was a 41-year-old civilian in 1988. Given his proclivity for deceit, I asked him if his alleged bleeding had been a scratch that required a Band-Aid. He started yelling about his fondness for Ronald Reagan and never answered the question.

For a county more populous than 20 states, it's embarrassing this career politician, who regularly operates in delusion—one steeped in comfort, self-serving lies and unearned deference—has helped to send young Americans to actual front lines, where tens of thousands of them have been seriously wounded or killed since 2001.

According to the Daily Pilot, Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Wendy Leece, who comes from Rohrabacher's wing of local Republican politics, is contemplating a run for his 48th congressional district seat. The 65-year-old Leece is a substitute teacher known for unwavering social conservative stances and—more surprising—being the staunchest ally of unionized city-government employees threatened with mass layoffs several years ago by an all-GOP council.

Rohrabacher—who reported $315,000 in campaign cash on hand as of Dec. 31, 2013—didn't accept invitations to explain his front-line boasts.

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MORE SHENANIGANS IN EXTORTION CASE
Charged with trying to extort $350,000 and expensive jewelry from one of Southern California's wealthiest Republican couples in 2008, ex-Orange County Democratic Party Chairman Jim Toledano, along with his co-defendant, Michael Roberts, is now scheduled to face a jury trial in April.

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Dweezle
Dweezle

Several good points. Many do not seem to care about the fact that Roharabacher ran on a "term limits" agenda in his first term...yes over 20 years ago... but I am curious, what is the relationship of the Toledano case & Rohrabacher ? Re Pg 2 of your article? 

What is really sad is he will likely be elected again by an electorate that only cares that a rep has an R next to his name on the ballot.

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jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

Representative Rohrabacher was not representing himself as being on the "front lines" in a lethal combat zone.  He was referring to taking a position on the political front lines against terrorism.


"On the front lines" is a common phrase used by just about everyone to describe his or her position on a political or social issue, or in the work place, etc.


I have never met any combat veteran who was offended by someone describing his or her experience in some matter as being "on the front lines."


Teachers are on the "front lines" in the classroom.  Physicians are on the "front lines" in hospital emergency rooms.  Cops are on the "front lines" against criminals in the streets.   Lawyers are on the "front lines" defending their clients in the courtroom.


And journalists are on the "front lines" of news gathering…or, in the case of "dirty" journalist Frank Mickadeit of the OC Register, on the "front lines" of propaganda and deception.


Jim Gilchrist, Founder and President, The Minuteman Project


P.S.  Thanks for the references to Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer, Navy Seal Michael Murphy, and other war veterans.  They are all heroes, in my opinion.



ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

Ok, the guy might be out to lunch, perhaps in another cosmos, but did anyone note he was the only Orange County Republican to vote against the recent House legislation giving Obama unlimited power to increase the National Debt.  At least he has a backbone, which is more that I can say for the rest of the so called Republicans who "went along to get along" once again.  Frankly, they all need to be fired and Wendy Leece would be an excellent replacement for Rohrabacher.  Now let's get some Tea Party Candidates on the ballot for the other positions up for re-election.  

Kelly Hughes Davis
Kelly Hughes Davis

Rohrabacher will die in office. No one will seriously compete against him and he'll get the local tea baggers to donate if he feels threatened

shawnmiars
shawnmiars

So why was Dana at the Tet Festival on Saturday? When I saw him he looked dirty, disheveled and a lot like how he left his last residence in Costa Mesa.  

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

When saying you are on the "front lines", yes, it is usually a metaphor using war imagery. It is, however, disingenous to use a war metaphor about an actual war. There are actual "front lines" in the war on terror and Dana, with his extensive experience in avoiding actual war, is trying to make himself out to be a hero. He's the apex republican coward, hypocrite, and liar.

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

Obama has no power to increase the debt. Spending, by law, originates from the House of Representatives. The debt limit is not "spending"; it's paying for what was already legally spent. But you knew this already, didn't you. So, you can either admit you are a disingenuous hack or an ignorant tool. Which is it?

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

I agree.  He is a respected Republican and his supporters will always rally around him.  


Jim Gilchrist, Minuteman Project

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

He had flashbacks to his time avoiding the draft during Viet Nam.

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

@rscottmoxley @jimgilchrist Always glad to help you make the point about what a dirty journalist Frank Mickadeit is.  He gives you folks a bad reputation.


He's going to law school at Chapman Univ.  Can't wait 'til he tries to get admitted to the BAR.  I will be there to bring forth my complaint about how despicable he is as a human being and an incompetent, dirty journalist.  That should stall his admission to the BAR for a while, pending a formal ethics review, or something like that, according to some of the lawyers I know.
Sinister people like him in journalism are the reason I left the profession back in the 70s.  Mickadeit will fit in well with the lecherous devils in the legal profession.


Jim Gilchrist, The Minuteman Project

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

@BobLoblawsLawBlog  Obama was the one pushing Congress for a "no limit cap" and that is exactly what they gave him.  Yes, the Republicans could put pressure on the liberals by refusing to approve certain budget items, but then Obama would refuse to sign any legislation and they would be back to a government shutdown.  That is something the spineless Republicans live in fear of.  Apparently, the only solution is to wait until the National Debt eventually topples our government, the country is in chaos and Martial Law as Obama wants and then we can start over from square one.   

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

On this we can agree, he is one of the best the republicans have to offer. You should not take that as a compliment.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

@BobLoblawsLawBlog @ltpar  Look you can have all the fun you want fitting yourself for a new tin-foil hat waiting for the apocalypse, 


Nice literary flourish!

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

@ltpar @BobLoblawsLawBlogDisingenuous hack it is. Funny hoe the national debt and the deficit only  matter when the President has a (D). Ronny Raygun tripled it, Your favorite, Bush the Lesser, doubled it. While Obama has cut the deficit in half. Look you can have all the fun you want fitting yourself for a new tin-foil hat waiting for the apocalypse, but the rest of us have noticed that no other countries cash is being held in reserve or that inflation has held steady. Be sure to buy more Glenn Beck brand tampons for your bunker.

 
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