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This Football Recruit Just Committed To West Point In The Most Epic Way
A West Texas football recruit is headed to West Point, guns blazing … literally.
Linebacker Cade Barnard, who recently entered his senior year at Seminole High School, selected the Army’s academy by heading down to the gun range, setting up a row of school logos and coolly picking off one after another with a Sig Sauer TTT until he was left with just two choices: Colorado State and West Point.
— Cade Barnard (@BarnardCade) September 18, 2017
“Go Army, Beat Navy,” Barnard said, smiling as he removed his flannel shirt to reveal a West Point polo underneath.
Barnard had his pick with 15 offers from around the country — including Army, Navy, Air Force, Louisiana, Bowling Green, Texas State, and Colorado State, according to ESPN.
“Academically I'm looking for a high level school that will take my career to where it needs to be,” Barnard told UMass 247. “Athletically, I want to compete with and against the best.” It appears he’s found that in West Point.
Still, in an era when colleges are increasingly dealing with violent protests, lockdown drills have become as common as keggers and school shootings are all too common (one occurred just last week in Spokane, Washington, leaving a student dead), Barnard’s viral stunt might not seem as cute to administrators of some of the institutions he turned down.
For U.S. service members who have fought alongside the Kurds, President Donald Trump's decision to approve repositioning U.S. forces in Syria ahead of Turkey's invasion is a naked betrayal of valued allies.
"I am ashamed for the first time in my career," one unnamed special operator told Fox News Jennifer Griffin.
In a Twitter thread that went viral, Griffin wrote the soldier told her the Kurds were continuing to support the United States by guarding tens of thousands of ISIS prisoners even though Turkey had nullified an arrangement under which U.S. and Turkish troops were conducting joint patrols in northeastern Syria to allow the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, to withdraw.
"The Kurds are sticking by us," the soldier told Griffin. "No other partner I have ever dealt with would stand by us."
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has confirmed that a nightmare scenario has come to pass: Captured ISIS fighters are escaping as a result of Turkey's invasion of Kurdish-held northeast Syria.
Turkey's incursion has led to "the release of many dangerous ISIS detainees," Esper said in a statement on Monday.
Video footage of a purported "bombing of Kurd civilians" by Turkish military forces shown on ABC News appeared to be a nighttime firing of tracer rounds at a Kentucky gun range.
The U.S. military's seemingly never-ending mission supporting civil authorities along the southwestern border will last at least another year.
On Sept. 3, Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide a total of up to 5,500 troops along the border until Sept. 30, 2020, Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Army North, said on Monday.