Triple Amputee, Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, Sent This Stinging Rebuke to Barack Obama, Calling Him, “Clearly Unfit for Duty as Commander-in-Chief” on President’s Day

Triple Amputee, Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, Sent This Stinging Rebuke to Barack Obama, Calling Him, “Clearly Unfit for Duty as Commander-in-Chief” on President’s Day



Yesterday, many Americans had a work holiday in honor of President’s Day – a national celebration that specifically marks the birth of General George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln.

In honor of Washington and Lincoln’s memory, Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, the triple amputee whose Iraq War service left him the most seriously wounded Air Force veteran to ever survive combat, wrote Barack Obama a stinging rebuke condemning his lack of Presidential leadership.

The viral letter is embedded below:

Dear President Obama,

My name is Brian Kolfage, I’m a triple amputee and retired Air Force veteran who was severely wounded on September 11, 2004 in Iraq.

I nearly died in a war that most of your colleagues supported overwhelmingly, including the two presidents who came before you. Many citizens may not agree with waging war in Iraq to free the oppressed Iraqi citizens, but it’s something that warriors like myself have no control over. I joined to serve my country and to better my life.  I’ve seen things that you could never imagine, and they have made me the person I am today.

Mr. Obama, even though we have extreme opposite views, we have one thing in common, we both attended school in Hawaii. However, that’s where the similarities end.  You see, as you attended your exclusive, private school, I would ride my bike to Kaimuki High School in one of the roughest areas in Hawaii.  Every morning I would ride past Punahou, the exclusive private school you attended and I would notice all of the Bentleys, Maseratis, and fancy foreign cars that all the kids were dropped off in; wow it must have been extremely rough in Hawaii living that life, right? I could only imagine what it was like to have that kind of money. Fortunately for you, not many people are aware of the school that you and the upper class citizens of Hawaii attended. The tuition to attend your exclusive, private school was more than it cost me to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Arizona. You talk a big game when it comes to financial inequality, yet I’m quite sure you have no idea what it’s truly like to have to sacrifice. You were one of the elitist children in Hawaii.  

After High School, we each chose very different paths. You were able to attend America’s finest Ivy League schools, while I pursued a career in the military, in hopes of earning a degree. What we have in life as children usually helps to set the tone for how we achieve success later in life. I worked to get where I am today, while it was HANDED TO YOU….Mr. Inequality.

I volunteered to go to Iraq on both of my deployments, and the second time I begged to go even after I wasn’t selected.  During that second deployment, I was ultimately placed on the team where I would lose both legs and my dominant arm.  Even though many Americans were against the war in Iraq, I’ve never asked myself if it was worth it after losing 3 of my limbs.

I am frequently reminded of the many young Iraqi children who would beg me for water, food, and toys while I was stationed in Iraq.  Children, who in all aspects made the poorest of poor American children look rich. You have no idea what it really means to be poor. It’s laughable that you, who would have no idea what it means to be poor would so frequently play the inequality card. 

While I was in Iraq, our mission was to liberate the Iraqi citizens from a tyrant and that’s what we did. Never forget, it was your people who sent us there, like the Clintons, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi & Carl Levin.  However, since the day you busted onto the scene you’ve been talking about ending the war and pulling the troops out, not understanding the blood sweat and tears that so many Americans and Iraqi’s invested.  And with complete disregard for every life sacrificed, every limb lost, and every broken family, you bailed on our mission to pursue an agenda that was completely centered on your re-election in 2012. If you didn’t bail on Iraq you were worried that you may not get re-elected and that’s a fact. Just before elections on Oct 11, 2012 you said “Al Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead.”  Look at Iraq now, they are in shambles and the Al Qaeda flag is flying freely.  Clearly, you’re unfit for duty as a Commander in Chief. You put your own agenda ahead of America’s agenda, and now you have single handedly ruined and destroyed nearly everything we gained in Iraq. It clearly means nothing to you, because the only thing that you’ve personally invested in that country was a promise to bail on them. However, people like me gave limbs, friends have died, and we’ve watched families destroyed by war’s aftermath.

I’m not placing blame on you for the war, I’m placing blame on you for destroying what we’ve worked so hard to build. You’re not a leader, you’re a community organizer. A leader would have stood up regardless of the situation and put America’s agenda first and that is ensuring a secure Iraq even after 10 years of war. But, you placed Barack first, just as Robert Gates confirmed in his new book. I can’t help but think of those poor kids who I gave water and toys to 11 years ago. They’re probably 15 or 16 years old now, and I can only imagine what it’s like for them to have their nation being torn apart yet again; all because of your poor leadership qualities. Regardless of why we went to Iraq, its water under the bridge. We went there, we waged war, and we not only owed it to our KIA’s but we owed it to the citizens of Iraq. We invaded their country and turned it upside down, and you bailed on them. You bailed on our soldiers and you’ve wasted every death and every limb, it’s all for nothing.  And to make matters worse you blame others for your failures

You’re just another elitist rich thug who’s pretended to live the rough life growing up in the inner-city. You’re only worried about your own agenda and furthering your party instead of taking care of Americans.  Your inability to be a leader at some of the most critical points has caused both of our wars to fail. You’ve been a joke to most of our veteran community and we have no faith in your ability to lead.

Senior Airman Ret Brian Kolfage USAF

“The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.”

— Lou Holtz

  • Dr Penguin

    It’s so horrible that the armed forces don’t have a respectable or competent commander-in-chief. Anyone who voted for Obama must be so ashamed of themselves. God bless our armed forces and their families, who have sacrificed so much.

  • USGOP

    Excellent letter and to the truth about this fraud sitting in our WH and spending our money as though it were his own..sending our brave men/women to their deaths with no regard for their safety or futures!! God bless and keep you Senior Airman Kolfage!!

    • A_Aurelia

      If I’m reading his letter correctly, he’s stating that he’s upset with Obama not for instigating the Iraq War, but for withdrawing troops from it after the fact. How does that equate to your comment about “sending our brave men/women to their deaths?”

      • USGOP

        Who said he instigated the war?? IS the war STILL going on..after O promised (another broken one) to withdraw troops and end the war? How many troops have been killed in the past five years, since O was inaugurated? There have been 2,176 as of 03/25/14. In W’s two terms there were 569. He’s upset because of the progress the US military made..not to count all the troops who gave up their lives and limbs for their country. He’s upset because it’s beginning to look like it was in vain. If you haven’t noticed the enemy is taking over again.

        • slk5

          he’s also upset, how bama has turned the military brass, upside down, and to his liking!!!

      • slk5

        his red lines keep disappearing!!! here’s another great “statement” the community organizer said, “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”!!! one more thing, name just one community, he organized!!!

  • ClarkeB10

    “The willingness with which our young people
    are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly
    proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and
    appreciated by our nation.” George
    Washington

  • Gregg Grundon

    Amen!

  • Wag_a_muffin

    Sadly, I foresee an IRS audit in Mr. Kolfage’s immediate future.

  • Janeen Alley

    Very well said! But if anyone thinks that Obama cares about our troops, they are so wrong! Nothing that Obama has done has been the right thing to do for America & American’s! Obama said that he would transform America & he is on the move again as we speak! I wish Obama nothing but death! Obama must be tried for TREASON which he continues to do on a daily basis! It is time to BRING OBAMA DOWN!

  • Draco Morrison

    This man has truly mastered his anger

  • Ed Warden

    WOW! That is saying something. This vet has courage & i am proud he is a NATURAL BORN AMERICAN who gave everything he had for us.

  • Blake Harlan

    This guy is an idiot. I’m sorry, but he is no hero, and he has no idea how the world works.

    • dizymeup

      Go away little boy, you obviously know nothing about heros.

    • Alfredo Vazquez

      lol but you do blake…you have have dome sooo much…yeah get the fuck out of here.

    • Spearing the Bearded Clam

      Who are your heros? Have you been outside your mom’s basement? The dude has forgotten more about how the world works than an over privileged ingrate like you will ever realize. Another heartless Obamazombie

      • slk5

        anyone who gives him something for free!!!

    • Mary Lee Norris Cobabe

      Perhaps you—Blake Harlan, do not know anything at all .

  • techno_polyglot

    A vast majority of American’s would agree that staying any longer in Iraq was just wasting the lives of more of our brothers and sisters and throwing good money after bad. Having given multiple limbs I can see how this hero would want to hold on to false hope that it was worth it and would continued to be worth it to sink our blood and treasure in the sand, but it’s not.

    • techno_polyglot

      PS – Iraq and Afghanistan were not winnable wars, nothing Obama could have done (short of carpet bombing the nations) would have “won” them. The “surge” in Iraq worked primarily because we were paying off local factions. That’s not a long term strategy for winning, it’s a fools game.

  • bobbyfred

    the Clintons, Kerry,Pelosi,Levin sent you there???Who asked Congress to send you there?? BUSH an CHENEY

    • slk5

      and then you open your mouth, and remove all doubt!!! it’s not bush’s fault anymore!!! it’s fox’s fault now!!! spin it anyway you want, but you socialists will “always” have an excuse!!! they were part of congress that gave the go!!!